MARINA forum in Subic promotes registry of maritime boats and elaborates plans for extension office
From March 16 to March 18, 2022, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) conducted the Philippine Maritime INdustry Strategic Overview Forum, Stakeholders’ Orientation, and Mobile Registration in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. This event was held for the purpose of providing awareness of the 10-year Maritime Industry Development Plan (MIDP) and information on MARINA’s policies and to explore areas of collaboration with Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), focusing particularly on ship registerty for recreational boats and an established MARINA extension office in the area.
Overseen by the MARINA Regional Office of the National Capital Region, the event began with a courtesy site visit to SMBA by MARINA, followed by the forum and concluding with mobile registration.
“We would lke to extend our sincerest appreciation to Administrator Vice Admiral Empedrad and to all our partners in MARINA, for collaborating with SBMA in coming up with this program” said Ronnie R. Yambao, SMBA’s Senior Deputy Administrator for Administrations. “We appreciate this program with MARINA to be able to strengthen the capabilities of both agendies, mutually benefitting each other not only in the registration of boats but also in areas of shipyards, safety and improvement, and other maritime-related initiatives.”
MARINA Admnistrator Vice Admiral Robert A. Empedrad, AFP (Ret) returned the sentiment in his opening statement with gratitude towards the SBMA for their work together with the agency, noting a deepening of partnership between the two organizations. This gratitude was also extended to martime stakeholder who were participating in the activities for the forum.
“We would like to share the vision of developing the Philippine maritime industry with SBMA, local government of Olongapo, maritime academe, and private stakeholders, as we believe that the united efforts would contribute to the realization of plans under the 10-Year Maritime Industry Development Plan (MIDP). Let me quote the statement of Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur P. Tugade: ‘Together, we are stronger’,” Administrator Empedrad continued.
Administrator Empedrad emphasized the significance of expanding the Philippine Ship Registry, noting that doing so would generate more employment in shipyards and provide information and lectures on topics discussed in the forum-, along with establishing together with the help of the SBMA a MARINA extension office.
By engaging with SBMA the previous year, having MARINA’s extension office in Subic allows for better and faster services closer to Filipino seafarers, and is one step towards making SBMA a transshipment hub. Administrator Empedrad added and emphasized that a significant number of seafarers and maritime stakeholders in the area will greatly benefit from the MARINA’s extension office.
Also, the MARINA held the ceremonial issuing of the first Recreational Boat Certificate (RBC) in Subic, as issued by MARINA Administrator Empedrad, SMBA Senior Deputy Administrator Yambao, and MRO-NCR Director Engr. Marc Anthony P. Pascua to Mr. Apa Ongpin.
The MARINA service unit directors presented and discussed several relevant topics to the Philippine maritime industry as part of the stakeholders’orientation:
Planning and Policy Service (PPS) Director Luisito U. Delos Santos with the MIDP, Overseas Shipping Service (OSS) OIC-Director Ms. Precila C. Jara with the Philippine Ship Registry and Overseas Shipping; Shipyards Regulation Service (SRS) Director Engr. Ramon C. Hernandez with the Shipyard and Ship Repair;
Maritime Safety Service (MSS) Director Mr. Jeffrey Bangsa with the Maritime Safety Functions;
Domestic Shipping Service (DSS)- Ship Registration and Documentation Division Chief Ms. Geraldina Evangelista with Domestic Shipping Functions;
DSS OIC-Director Atty. Sharon L. De Chavez-Aledo with MARINA Memorandum Circular No. DS-2019-01 on the Rules and Registration, Licensing and Operation of Recreational Boats; and,
OIC Deputy Administrator for Planning Director Sonia Malaluan with the Seafarers’ Documentation, Licensing and Certification.
Closing remarks delivered by STCW Office Deputy Executive Director Capt Jeffrey P. Solon highlighted and praised that “Subic is very nice place. Everything is here. With the capacity of Subic in serving the maritime industry, logistically speaking, it is a One-Stop Shop place. It’s just a matter of putting all our hands together to make this as a powerhouse. Nandito na lahat. With the collaboration of the stakeholders, the future investors, the MARINA, the SBMA, we can do wonders in this place.”

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